Bill McCloskey is the founder of Only Influencers and eDataSource.

Unboxing NeverBounce

NeverBounce is a Cleveland, OH based Email Verification company that began life as a digital marketing agency. 

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Unboxing: MessageGears

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MessageGears is an Atlanta-based ESP that works with large B2C Enterprise brands such as Expedia, Chick-fil-a, and Ebates. They have what they term a Hybrid system (that we will get into in a bit) which provides their main differentiation and selling point. They see the three main requirements for any ESP working with these types of clients to be:

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Unboxing: Fresh Relevance

This week, we are looking under the hood of Fresh Relevance, who provides real-time personalization and automation across email and web to optimize revenue for e-commerce companies. Based in the UK with US offices in Boston, they enable marketers to track all behavior in real-time and use this data to personalize the shoppers journey on all channels and devices. They boast about 550 websites using their technology.

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Unboxing: OneSpot InBox

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Personalization has been a common term in the email industry for years. The theory is that if you customize and personalize an email message, the recipient is much more likely to engage with the content, more likely to open, and more likely to click through. The problem is that different people have different ideas what personalization means.

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Unboxing: Ongage

In today’s Unboxing article we look at Ongage, a seven year old profitable email marketing technology company based in Israel with corporate offices in New York City. Ongage has carved out a very unique niche for themselves in the email technology universe as an independent front end for ESP’s and SMTP’s with their sweet spot being the SMTP/MTA world which often lacks a front end of their own. It also allows you to integrate multiple SMTP’s into a single common interface. Let’s open it up and look under the hood, starting with the list of recommended vendors that Ongage has integrated with: 

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Unboxing: Movable Ink

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For our first Unboxing article of 2018, we are going to examine dynamically generated content creation in email developed by Movable Ink. Look for a new Unboxing article each month. 

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First Annual 2017 Email Marketing Accomplishments Roundup

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This year I asked the members of Only Influencers to brag about their accomplishments for 2017. The response was outstanding and we will be making this an annual event. So, here is what the members of email marketing community accomplished this year: 

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How to Change the World: Create Community

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A few weeks ago I launched my latest Community, OnlyFounders.com. They say entrepreneurs want to change the world. That is a debatable statement. But one thing is clear, in my 20 years of being an entrepreneur the things that I have done that have literally changed the world all involved the communities I was involved with. Facilitating communication is one of the most powerful things you can do in your career as a digital marketer. So in honor of my 4th (most likely my last) community building effort, I thought I’d share what Ive learned over the last 20 years of the importance of community, the impact it can have, what makes a good community, and how to build one that engages and inspires people around the world. And perhaps even more importantly, how it changes you as not only a digital marketer, but as a human being. 

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Dela Quist: When it comes to subject lines does length matter?

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Most of all, differences of opinion are opportunities for learning - Terry Tempest Williams

Background

As some of you may already know, Alchemy Worx the agency I founded in 2001 was recently acquired by SellUp an email marketing agency with offices in NYC and Manila, founded by Allan Levy – whom I have known for many years and respect a great deal. One of the primary reasons for doing so was to free up the time I was spending running the agency full time to spin off the software division of Alchemy Worx into a separate company. The new company, Touchstone Intelligent Marketing exists to help plug 2 significant gaps in the marketing clouds - testing and subscriber level reporting. The 1st of these Touchstone Tests a testing tool that allows you to try out any number of subject lines quickly and without burning out your customer database, is the source of the data I am about to share.

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Money on the Table: Lessons Learned From the Leading Subscription Retailers

Money on the Table: Lessons Learned From the Leading Subscription Retailers

By Ryan Brelje, Content Marketing Manager at Iterable

More than 10,000 ambitious companies fiercely compete inside the expanding subscription retail space—with the industry more than validated by the successes of pioneers like Birchbox and Dollar Shave Club, brick and mortar mega stores like Sephora and Walmart have entered the arena and vie for rival market share. In a high-stakes game where customer churn is only one click away, how are these companies keeping their customers engaged while they await their deliveries?

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The Best of the Friday Pitches: August, 2017 Edition

Every Friday, the OI members get to pitch the Membership on their latest tools and services. This is the August Edition. Dela Quist Says: Many of you will already be familiar with the  Touchstone  testing platform for subject lines and will be interested to hear that we have also developed...
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When the Sh*t Hits the Fan

When the Sh*t Hits the Fan

Anyone who has been in the email marketing industry for any length of time has had this experience: that sinking feeling when you realize that something has gone wrong. Very wrong. Email can be one of the more complicated marketing channels strictly from a technical sense and when your program does something unexpected, or catastrophic, how do you recover? 

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Exclusive First Look: Unboxing eDataSource's Delivery Index

Exclusive First Look: Unboxing eDataSource's Delivery Index

Today we are excited to give you an Only Influencers EXCLUSIVE: the first look at eDataSource’s Delivery Index tool which is launching this week. Delivery Index is similar to products such as Return Path’s excellent Sender Score tool, which has been an industry standard for many years. I sat down this week with eDataSource CEO, G.B. Heidarsson who gave me a pre-launch walkthrough of the product.

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The Best of the Friday Pitches: June Edition

The Best of the Friday Pitches: June Edition

Each week, the Only Influencers members get to pitch the membership on their latest and greatest tools, services, and studies. Here is the June edition of the Best of the Friday Pitches:

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Are Chatbots the Future of Email? Unboxing Personic

Are Chatbots the Future of Email? Unboxing Personic

What if you could guarantee that you would have 100% deliverability and 3x the open rate for your email marketing programs? That is the promise of some new technology being developed to help marketers deliver the content of their emails in the format preferred by a large segment of the population: chatbots. 

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SPECIAL REPORT: Recap of the 2017 Las Vegas Email Innovations Summit

SPECIAL REPORT: Recap of the 2017 Las Vegas Email Innovations Summit
  Last month Only Influencers and Rising Media produced the 3rd Email Innovations Summit, our second one in Las Vegas. It was an incredible gathering of email marketers from around the world at what is becoming the email marketing industry’s family reunion. As the first conference for email marketers that’s...
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Latest Email Innovations: May 2017

Latest Email Innovations: May 2017

Every Friday, the OI Membership gets to pitch the community on their latest and greatest innovations. Here is the latest set of innovations: 

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David Rangel: AI at the Wheel: Marketing in the Age of Self-Driving Cars

David Rangel: AI at the Wheel: Marketing in the Age of Self-Driving Cars

Talk of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere, and not only in Silicon Valley. It’s impossible to avoid news stories of how AI will change entire industries (and potentially leave many of us unemployed in the process).

The most visible of these industries is transportation, where you can already see self-driving cars being tested (at least in California) and brands like Tesla have already included some self-driving functionality in their production models.

There is also talk in marketing circles about how AI is already impacting our efforts. For the most part, however, we’ve found this to be wishful thinking. Don’t get us wrong—AI will indeed come to marketing and will have a big impact. But today’s hype is mostly that, as very few marketers are set up to take advantage of AI. We are, unfortunately, still in a world where consumers feel they get too much email and marketers feel like few, if any, of their messages are read.

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Special Email Innovations Summit Preview

Special Email Innovations Summit Preview

The Email Innovations Summit is just weeks away. And this year we've been able to assemble a world class lineup of speakers to take your email marketing career to the next level. Here is just a small sample of this year’s incredible list of instructors and speakers. Register Early to Save and use the promo Code "ONLY" to get a additional discount just for readers of the OI newsletter

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Special: The 2017 Email Innovations Summit Agenda!

Special: The 2017 Email Innovations Summit Agenda!

I’m thrilled to announce the 2017 lineup for the Email Innovations Summit, to be held in Las Vegas on April 19-21st, including a very exciting half day workshop on the final day:

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